The Companion of Fools

The Companion of Fools
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” Proverbs 13:20 NKJV
Have you ever heard the phrase “it looked good on paper”? That would have been a phrase that Ryan Dougherty, 21, Dylan Dougherty, 26 and their sister, Lee Grace Dougherty, 29 could have used or perhaps should have used. But they didn’t have a plan on paper or on the back of a McDonald’s napkin. In fact, the trio had no plan at all. I think the phrase that would have more aptly suited their situation would have been “duhhh.”
The trio of siblings started a crime spree that started in Florida and ended in a shoot out with Colorado law enforcement. Surrounded by the police, Lee Grace Dougherty jumps from her car waving a loaded MAC11. She was subsequently shot in the leg. If the police officer was being merciful or just a bad shot remains to be seen. It is that in similar situations police shoot to “terminate” their target, not inflict a leg wound.
The whole situation underscores the above Proverb “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”The siblings influenced one another in a negative and destructive way and it nearly cost them their lives. Fortunately for the Dougherty siblings their lives were spared, but ruined. Yeah, they may make a dollar or two for selling the story of their own brand of stupid. But the fact remains; they are damaged goods and have several years of jail time looking them.
Choose carefully who you associate with because they will influence you. If you want to have a successful life, then get around successful people. To live the life you dream, to be the person you were designed to be, remove from your life people who are going nowhere with their lives. I am not saying that you don’t care about them or even love them. What I am saying is remove them from a place of influence in your life. In the long run you will be glad you did.


~ by Daniel Toops on August 14, 2011.

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